ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming; acclaims

Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : applaud, praise Critics acclaimed her performance.
2 : to declare by acclamation was acclaimed president of the society

intransitive verb

: to shout praise or applause



Definition of acclaim (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act of acclaiming
2 : praise, applause She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.

Other Words from acclaim


acclaimer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for acclaim

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of acclaim in a Sentence

Verb The critics have acclaimed her performance. she has long been acclaimed by the critics for her realistic acting Noun Her performance in the ballet earned her critical acclaim. She deserves acclaim for all her charitable works.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dry, irreverent Rhys is an author whose memoir garnered him acclaim and pressure to launch a political career. Selome Hailu, Variety, 1 Apr. 2022 The series has garnered enough audience acclaim this spring that it has already been renewed for a second season. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Vuong’s broad readership owes as much to acclaim from celebrity fans as to the praise of the literary establishment. WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 The 34-year-old hairdresser and stylist had published his memoir, the bestselling Over the Top, to acclaim in 2019, opening up about addiction and his HIV status. Toni Fitzgerald, Forbes, 21 Jan. 2022 After being premiered to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2021, the documentary has since been shown at several prestigious festivals. Nandini Ramnath, Quartz, 21 Mar. 2022 Her most recent, Manhattan Beach, published to acclaim in 2017, was an experiment of a different order: straightforward historical narrative. Lauren Mechling, Vogue, 21 Mar. 2022 That documentary, also from Amazon Studios and Imagine, premiered to acclaim earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 16 Mar. 2022 Bogdanovich received high praise and acclaim for The Last Picture Show, including Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 6 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Stephen’s previous features have all debuted to critical acclaim. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 May 2022 Wild Planet, which contained material mostly written around the same time as the songs on The B-52’s, was released to astounding acclaim. Karen Schoemer, SPIN, 1 May 2022 The show first debuted on Broadway to critical acclaim back in 2003. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Apr. 2022 Sitting right on the River Seine, LVMH's first urban hotel opened its doors last year to much acclaim. Rooksana Hossenally, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The powerhouse Yola, whose 2021 sophomore album detailed her life and truth as a Black woman to critical acclaim. Chris Willman, Variety, 31 Mar. 2022 In 2021, Zauner released her emotionally gripping memoir, Crying in H Mart, which detailed her relationship with her late mother, to critical acclaim. Kat Bouza, Rolling Stone, 30 Mar. 2022 The night before her newest album Crash debuted to near-universal acclaim, Charli XCX took a victory lap on the streets of London. Jake Smith, Glamour, 18 Mar. 2022 Two years after the group’s formation, the English rock band released its debut album, The Overload, to critical acclaim. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of acclaim


1626, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for acclaim


borrowed (with assimilation to claim entry 1) from Middle French & Latin; Middle French acclamer, borrowed from Latin acclāmāre "to shout (at or in reaction to), raise an outcry, shout approval," from ad- ad- + clāmāre "to shout" — more at claim entry 1


derivative of acclaim entry 1

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19 May 2022

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“Acclaim.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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ac·​claim | \ ə-ˈklām How to pronounce acclaim (audio) \
acclaimed; acclaiming

Kids Definition of acclaim

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: praise entry 1 sense 1 The book was acclaimed by the critics.



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